INTERIM POLICY NOTICE
10 Jun 97
EFFECTIVE DATE/IMPLEMENTATION: The AFMCI 64-107, Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), changes included in this notice are effective immediately and will be superseded when the revised CPARS instruction is formally published.
1. This notice implements the following change to the AFMCI 64-107:
The revision authorizes offerors to cite CPARS by contract number in proposals. See paragraph 22.214.171.124 for the change.
2. Refer questions to Mr. Roger Hanson, HQ AFMC/PKPB, at DSN 787-6057.
This instruction implements AFPD 64-1, The Contracting System. It sets policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for systematically assessing contractor performance on current systems acquisitions greater than $5 million. General information applicable to these contract efforts is referred to as the Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR or CPARs) or the CPAR System (CPARS). Specific information regarding systems assessments greater than $5 million is annotated as "CPAR-Systems."
SUMMARY OF REVISIONS
This procedural change allows contractors to cite CPARs by contract number in proposals provided that no specific CPARs data is extracted and incorporated in their proposals.
Section A--Air Force Materiel Command Policy
1.1. The sole purpose of the CPARS is to ensure a commandwide data base of contractor performance information is current and available for use in responsibility determinations and in formal and informal source selections. Performance assessments will be used as an aid in awarding contracts to contractors that consistently produce quality, on-time products and conform to contractual requirements. The CPAR can be used to effectively communicate contractor past performance experiences to source selection officials. The CPAR will not be used for any purpose other than as stated in this paragraph; however, summary data may be used as outlined in paragraph 1.6.
1.2. The CPARS assesses a contractor's performance, both positive and negative, on a given contract during a specific period of time. Each assessment must be based on objective facts and be supportable by program and contract management data, such as cost performance reports (CPR), customer complaints, quality reviews, technical interchange meetings, financial solvency assessments, production management reviews, contractor operations reviews, functional performance evaluations, and earned contract incentives. Subjective assessments concerning the cause or implications of the contractor's performance should be provided; however, speculation or conjecture should not be included.
1.3. The value of a CPAR to a future source selection team is inextricably linked to the care the program manager (PM) takes in preparing a quality narrative to accompany the ratings. It is of the utmost importance that the PM make a dedicated effort to thoroughly describe the circumstances surrounding a rating.
1.4. The CPAR process is designed with a series of checks and balances to facilitate the objective and consistent evaluation of contractor performance. Both government and contractor program management perspectives are captured on the form. The assessment is reviewed by a level of management above the PM (see paragraph 4.4) to ensure consistency with other evaluations throughout the activity as well as other program assessments. CPARs are not subject to the "Disputes" clause, nor are they subject to appeal beyond the procedures described in this instruction.
1.5. The nature of the effort to be acquired will determine whether a CPAR-Systems is required. (See paragraph 2.1.) If a given contract contains a mixture of types of efforts, the acquisition activity will determine if the CPAR-Systems is appropriate based upon the preponderance of the contract dollar value.
1.6. While the CPAR will not be used for any other purpose than stated in paragraph 1.1, summary data from the CPARS data base or from the reports themselves may be used to measure the status of industry performance,
and support continuous process improvement, provided that the data used does not reveal individual contract or contractor performance in any form, and subject to the limitations of paragraph 3.4.
2. Applicability and Scope:
2.1.1. The Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR)-Systems, AFMC Form 38, must be completed on every contractual effort for systems (attachment 1). For the purposes of this instruction a "systems" contract is defined as a contractual effort for concept demonstration and validation, Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD), production and deployment, modifications, and programmed depot maintenance with a total estimated value, including options, greater than $5 million. (A CPAR-Systems may be completed on a research and development project at the laboratory commanders discretion, if the project is valued over $5 million and is funded with 6.4 funds. When this occurs, the program office will notify the contractor prior to contract award.)
2.1.2. Laboratory (science and technology) efforts funded by 6.1 (Basic Research), 6.2 (Exploratory Development), 6.3 (Advanced Technology Development), or 7.8 (Manufacturing Technology) funds, replenishment spare parts contracts, base operating support contracts, and service contracts for operation and maintenance efforts are not included in the scope of this instruction.
2.1.3. When a single contract instrument requires segregation of costs for combining EMD and production efforts or containing multiple production lots, an individual CPAR may be completed for each segment of work. In the case of a time and material contract and a basic ordering agreement, a CPAR will be accomplished on the individual order that meets the threshold described above. In the case of an indefinite delivery (ID) contract as defined in FAR Subpart 16.5, a CPAR will be accomplished on the individual order that meets the threshold described above. When the type of effort and the contractor's performance on each order are so similar as to reflect identical results, the PM in consultation with the CPAR focal point may elect to prepare a single CPAR for a group of orders, each of which meets the threshold. Block 13 should state that CPARs are not being prepared on individual orders.
2.1.4. For those contracts at product centers where a provisioning line is established, an assessment should include an assessment of that effort in the "Other Areas" (AFMC Form 38, block 14j).
2.2. CPARs will be prepared on any contract meeting the above requirements when the overall program/effort is managed by AFMC.
2.3. CPARs will be prepared on contracts for joint ventures that meet the thresholds above. Joint con-tractors will be rated on the same report and duplicate copies will be maintained in each contractor's file in the CPAR library.
2.4. CPARs on classified contracts will be processed according to program security requirements. Copies of classified CPARs will be provided to HQ AFMC/DRJ.
2.5. CPARs will be accomplished on the applicable first tier subcontractor on contracts awarded to the Small Business Administration under the 8(a) program.
Section B--Responsibilities Assigned
3. HQ AFMC Responsibilities:
3.1. The Director of Contracting (HQ AFMC/PK), in coordination with the Director of Requirements (HQ AFMC/DR) is responsible for managing the CPARS and maintaining the currency of this instruction.
3.2. HQ AFMC/PK will establish a HQ CPAR focal point that is responsible for maintaining the HQ automated data base and indicators. The HQ CPAR focal point is also responsible for allowing other agencies to gain access to the automated data base. If other government agencies do not have access to the CPARS data base, the HQ CPAR focal point is responsible for responding to requests for CPAR data from other government agencies and will process all requests for CPAR data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) according to paragraph 126.96.36.199.
3.3. HQ AFMC/PKP is responsible for controlling access to and use of the data base. Access to the data base will be permitted only when the purpose is consistent with paragraph 1.1.
3.4 HQ AFMC/PKP will analyze the data base and publish the results of that analysis for use by government and industry. The analysis will include mean performance by element charts, color rating trend charts, and reasons analysis by element charts. The form of this package may vary over time, but will always be consistent with paragraph 1.6. Further analyses of data from the CPARS data base may be accomplished by the center CPAR focal point for internal government use, but is expressly not authorized for release outside the government.
4. Field Activity Responsibilities. The commander or vice commander of each field activity will:
4.1. Implement this instruction by assuring training requirements are satisfied for focal points in the program offices and reviewing officials, and by establishing processes to monitor the integrity (i.e., quality) and timely completion of reports.
4.2. Establish a CPAR focal point. The activity focal point is responsible for the collection, distribution, and control of CPARs. This CPAR focal point (attachment 2) will assist the PM in implementing this instruction by providing training and other administrative assistance to ensure that reports are timely and in compliance with this instruction.
4.2.1. The activity focal point is responsible for ensuring that the data from the CPAR form, after cycle completion, is entered into the HQ automated data base within 5 working days after receipt of the completed CPAR. The focal point shall retain the original signed copy at the Center library.
4.3. Ensure timely completion of reports by PMs. The PM is responsible for assessing contractor performance according to this instruction. In the context of this instruction, the PM is the single manager, systems support manager or development systems manager that has overall responsibility for acquisition of a system.
4.4. Ensure timely review of CPARs by reviewing officials. The reviewing official provides the check-and-balance needed to ensure report integrity, especially when there are significant disconnects between the PM and the contractor. (See paragraph 6.8).
Section C--CPAR Procedures
5. Frequency of Reporting:
5.1. Initial Reports. An initial CPAR is required for new contracts meeting the criteria of paragraph 2. The initial CPAR must reflect evaluation of at least the first 180 days of performance under the contract, and may include up to the first 365 days of performance.
5.2. Intermediate Reports. Intermediate CPARs are required every 12 months throughout the entire period of performance of the contract. An intermediate CPAR is limited to contractor performance occurring after the preceding CPAR. To improve efficiency in preparing the CPAR, it is recommended that the CPAR be completed together with other reviews (e.g., award fee determinations, major program events, or program milestones). Activities may, through local processes, establish a specific submittal date for all intermediate CPARs, provided they are completed for every 12 month evaluation period.
5.3. Out-of-Cycle Reports:
5.3.1. An out-of-cycle report may be required when there is a significant change in performance that alters the assessment in one or more evaluation area. When a significant change in performance has occurred, the contractor may request an updated report or the PM may unilaterally change the assessment and process a revised report. The determination as to whether or not to update a CPAR will be made solely by the PM. An updated report will only address the changed elements.
5.3.2. Prior to a PM leaving the program office (or prior to a contract being transferred between centers), the PM will complete an AFMC Form 38 if at least 4 months have elapsed since the last CPAR was completed. This updated form need not be processed through the contractor and CPAR reviewing official; rather, it should be passed to the succeeding PM for background information for completing the next CPAR.
5.3.3. Generally, no more than two CPARs per year should be completed on a contract. Out-of-cycle reports do not alter the annual reporting requirement; for example, if the normal CPAR period of performance ends on 1 November and an out-of-cycle report is accomplished which covers a performance period that ends 6 months earlier (1 May), a second CPAR report is still required to cover the period of performance from 1 May-1 November of that same year and each
1 November throughout the life of the contract.
5.4. Final Report. A final CPAR will be completed upon contract termination, transfer of program man-agement responsibility outside of AFMC, or the delivery of the final major end item on contract or completion of the period of performance. The final CPAR does not include cumulative information, but is limited to the period of contractor performance occurring after the preceding CPAR.
6. Preparing and Processing Reports:
6.1. The PM responsible for the overall program is also responsible for preparing, reviewing, signing, and processing the CPAR. (See attachment 1 for instructions on preparing reports). The command goal for processing a CPAR is 120 days. CPARs should be completed and signed by the reviewing official not later than 120 days after the end of the evaluation period.
6.2. Completion of CPAR:
6.2.1. CPAR-Systems. The PM responsible for the contract being reviewed prepares the documentation and assessment in coordination with the project team. This assessment should be based on multifunctional input from specialists familiar with the contractor's performance (attachment 1, paragraph A1.15.1). The PM should request input from the applicable air logistics center as part of the multifunctional input referenced above. The system program director should ensure user input is provided via the program office integrated product team.
6.2.2. Manpower support contractors may provide factual input as project team members, however, under no circumstances should they be allowed to write CPARs or have access to completed CPARs. To prevent possible conflict of interest issues, use of manpower support contractors should be very rare or limited in scope.
6.3. PM narrative remarks are limited to block 16 plus two additional 8-1/2 by 11 inch typewritten pages. In rare circumstances, such as an assessment containing several blue or red ratings, a third typewritten page may be added. Under no circumstances will more than three additional pages be permitted. Also, the contractor is allowed the same amount of additional space for comments. All additional pages are considered part of the CPAR itself. (See paragraph 188.8.131.52.)
6.4. Contractor organizations will be given an opportunity to review and comment on the assessment. Since communication and feedback regarding contractor performance are always encouraged, the PM may consider allowing a preassessment briefing by the contractor to discuss the contractor's performance during the evaluation period. These preassessment discussions must be structured around firm contract requirements and events which are deemed to be critical during the upcoming reporting period. PMs are strongly encouraged to conduct face-to-face meetings with the contractor during the assessment process. Participation by representatives from the contracting office is strongly encouraged for all meetings.
6.5. The CPAR review and approval process is as follows:
6.5.1. The PM will sign and retain a copy of the CPAR and transmit the original to his or her counterpart within the contractor's organization. Local processes may require review by the activity CPAR focal point and/or reviewing official prior to sending the CPAR to the contractor. The preferred method of transmitting a report is by hand delivery (with receipt), in conjunction with face-to-face discussions. Certified mail or other methods of ensuring receipt are also acceptable. Meetings with contractor management to discuss CPAR ratings are strongly recommended and may be pre-arranged by the government or at the request of the contractor. (See paragraph 184.108.40.206.) Regardless of the method of transmittal, a transmittal letter must accompany the CPAR.
6.5.2. The transmittal letter, which may be signed by the PM, will provide the following instructions to the contractor. (Local processes will describe the level of review and transmittal):
220.127.116.11. The CPAR is "source selection information" and must be protected as such. After review, transmit the CPAR back to the originating office marked and handled as "source selection information." Request return of the CPAR by certified mail or some other controlled method.
18.104.22.168. Strictly control access to the CPAR while in the contractor's organization.
22.214.171.124. Ensure the CPAR is never released to persons or entities outside the contractor's control.
126.96.36.199. Prohibit the use of or reference to CPAR data for advertising, promotional material, pre-award surveys, production readiness reviews, or other similar purposes. However, offerors are allowed to cite CPARs by contract number in their proposals and identify a Government CPAR point of contact (location and phone number) provided that no specific CPARs data is extracted and incorporated in their proposals.
188.8.131.52. Advise the contractor that comments are optional but are due to the originating office within 30 calendar days after receipt. The contractor may provide comments in response to the assessment, or sign and return the assessment without comment. If the contractor elects not to provide comments, he or she should acknowledge receipt of the CPAR by signing/dating block 19 of the form and return the CPAR to the originating office. Comments should be focused on the objective portion of the PMs narrative and provide views on causes and implications of the assessed performance. Contractor comments are subject to the same limitations in paragraph 6.3. This page limit will be strictly enforced and extra pages will not be reviewed or included with the CPAR. Label all additional pages with the contractor's name, contract number, period covered by report, and page number.
184.108.40.206. Advise that if the contractor desires a meeting to discuss the CPAR, it must be requested, in writing, no later than 7 days from the receipt of the CPAR. This meeting will be held during the contractor's 30 day review period.
220.127.116.11. Advise that a copy of the completed CPAR (that is, a CPAR flowing through all of the process steps including signature by the reviewing official) may be requested at the time the CPAR is returned to the PM by noting the name, title, and complete address of the chief executive officer (CEO), the chief operating officer (COO), or president of the corporate entity responsible for the operating unit for which the CPAR was executed. (See paragraph 6.9.). No other distribution will be made by the government to any other contractor representative or contractor entity.
6.5.3. If the contractor does not return the CPAR within the allotted 30 days, block 18 of a retained copy will be annotated, "The report was delivered/received by the contractor on [date]. The contractor neither signed nor offered comment in response to this assessment." The program office will continue processing the CPAR.
6.5.4. After receiving and reviewing the contractor's comments on the CPAR, the PM may revise the assessment, including the narrative. Revised assess-ments must be recorded on a new CPAR for the same period covering the original report. The original CPAR form will be attached to the new CPAR form. The PM will notify the contractor of any revisions made to a report as a result of the contractors comments. Such a revised report will not be sent to the contractor for further comment or re-signature. If the contractor has requested a copy of the completed CPAR (see paragraph 18.104.22.168), a copy will be provided after the reviewing official signs the form. Further, contractors have the option to review their final CPARs after they enter the CPAR library. A copy may be obtained according to paragraph 6.9.
22.214.171.124. Revised CPARs should be noted "Revision to CPAR for period (insert period covered by report)," followed by the program title and phase of acquisition. Indicate revised or affected ratings in block 14 or 15 and explain the changes in block 16. The PM will then sign block 17 of the revised CPAR and annotate block 20 of the original CPAR with "See revised CPAR." The reviewing official will sign block 21 of the revised CPAR according to paragraph 6.6. The revised CPAR should be stapled on top of the original report.
6.6. After receiving contractor comments or 30 days from the date of contractor receipt of the CPAR, whichever occurs first, the CPAR will be sent to the reviewing official for review and signature according to local processes.
6.6.1. If the PM does not choose to alter the assessment as a result of contractor comments received, the reviewing official will be provided an explanation of that decision (e.g., staff summary sheet).
6.7. To facilitate future CPAR preparation, the program office may retain CPAR copies and working papers associated with CPAR evaluations. However, all retained CPAR copies and working papers must be marked "For Official Use Only/Source Selection Information - See FAR 3.104" and handled accordingly.
6.8. The activity reviewing official must be at least one level above the PM and be a general officer, a member of the senior executive service or the activity commander or vice commander. This individual will be designated by local processes. However, for major programs, the program executive officer (PEO) or the designated acquisition commander (DAC) will be given the option of acting as the reviewing official. The reviewing official's comments in the CPAR will acknowledge consideration and reconciliation, if possible, of any significant discrepancies between the PM assessment and the contractor's comments. When the reviewing official signs the CPAR, it will be considered complete.
6.9. If the contractor has requested a copy of the completed CPAR by providing the name, title and address of the corporations CEO, COO, or president, then the reviewing official should assure that a copy of the completed CPAR is sent to the contractor with a transmittal letter advising again of the precautions and controls outlined in paragraph 126.96.36.199 through 188.8.131.52. Note that the completed CPAR is source selection information according to FAR 3.104-4(k)(1) in that it is prepared for use by the government to potentially support a future procurement and that unauthorized disclosure could compromise future procurements. This requires the CEO, COO, or president to protect the information from disclosure to any unauthorized persons in that it is prepared for use by the government to support future procurements utilizing source selection procedures.
6.10. The CPAR, signed by the reviewing official, will be entered into the HQ automated data base by activity focal points. Classified CPARs for Special Access Programs will be distributed only to HQ AFMC/DRJ who will maintain a separate master library. The reporting requirements in this paragraph are exempt from licensing according to paragraph 2.11.5, AFI 37-124, The Information Collections and Reports Management Program; Controlling Internal, Public, and Interagency Air Force Information Collections.
6.11. All records created under this instruction will be retained and disposed of according to AFR 12-50, Volume I, Disposition of Air Force Documentation-Policies, Procedures, and Responsibilities. CPAR data will be mailed according to the requirements for trans-mitting "source selection information" (see AFFARS Appendix AA, as well as, FAR 3.104).
7. CPAR Focal Points:
7.1. Each CPAR focal point will keep the original CPARs and all attachments in separate files for each contractor. CPARs for a given contract will be retained for 3 years beyond the end of the period covered by the report on the final CPAR.
7.2. For a particular source selection, the performance risk analysis group (PRAG) or source selection authority must contact their local CPAR focal point to obtain CPAR data from the automated data base.
7.3. HQ AFMC/PKP is the command focal point for processing requests for access to the CPARS automated data base from government activities outside the command. All such requests received by field activities are to be referred to HQ AFMC/PKP, 4375 Chidlaw Road, Suite 6, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5006.
7.4. CPAR focal points at each activity will be responsible for tracking and suspensing CPARs as they become due. The focal points will notify the program office at least 90 days prior to the CPAR due date, according to local processes. Notice will be provided; however, this does not relieve the PM of the responsibility for processing reports in a timely manner. Focal points will not be responsible for the contents of the CPAR.
7.5. The CPAR focal point at each activity is responsible for monitoring the status of late reports. Local processes should be established to notify the activity commander, the PEO, and the DAC of reports more than 30 days overdue. CPARS delinquent more than 30 days require written explanations of the delays be provided to focal points and these should be included in reports to the activity commander.
7.6. A list of all AFMC CPAR focal points is in attachment 2.
8. CPAR Markings and Protection:
8.1. The PM is responsible for ensuring that CPARs are appropriately marked and handled. All CPAR forms, attachments and working papers must be marked "FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY/SOURCE SELECTION INFORMATION - SEE FAR 3.104" according to AFI 37-131, Air Force Freedom of Information Act Program, FAR 3.104, and AFFARS Appendix AA and BB. CPARs have the unique characteristic of always being predecisional in nature. They will always be source selection information because they will be in constant use to support ongoing and future source selections. This predecisional nature of CPARs is a basis for requiring that all CPAR data be protected from disclosure to unauthorized personnel.
8.2. CPARs may also contain information that is proprietary to the contractor. Information contained on the CPAR such as trade secrets, and confidential commercial or financial data, obtained from the contractor in confidence, must also be protected from unauthorized disclosure. Additionally, CPARs may contain valuable government-generated commercial information that will be used in the award of government contracts. Such commercially valuable information must be protected from unauthorized disclosure. Based on the confidential nature of the CPARs, the following guidance applies to protection both internal and external to the government:
8.2.1. Internal Government Protection:
184.108.40.206. CPARs must be treated as source selection information at all times. Information contained in the CPAR must be protected in the same manner as information contained in completed source selection files. (See AFFARS Appendices AA and BB.)
220.127.116.11. CPAR data will not be used to support pre-award surveys, debarment proceedings or other internal government reviews.
8.2.2. External Government Protection:
18.104.22.168. Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of CPARs, disclosure of CPAR data to contractors other than the contractor which is the subject of the report or other entities outside the government is not authorized. A contractor may be provided a copy of its CPAR after reviewing official signature as discussed in paragraph 6.9. A contractor may also be granted access to its CPARs.. In this situation, access to review completed CPARs will be granted by the CPAR focal point. Individuals requesting access must have a letter granting disclosure to them, signed by the individual in charge of the operating unit for which the CPAR was executed (i.e., the division or subsidiary identified in block 1 of the CPAR). The CEO is the only other individual who may grant disclosure to corporate personnel to view CPARs. One situation where this may be applicable is when the CEO tasks an individual to review CPARs prepared for several divisions of a corporation. The CPAR access letter, signed by either the CEO or the individual in charge of the operating unit, must be presented to the CPAR focal point. In those cases where the original signed CPARS is not available (the only paper copy is the "original" at the Center where the contractor is being rated), the CPARS focal point will provide the contractor a copy of its completed CPARS by printing such copies from the CPARS electronic data base. Note: During the source selection process, any past performance data resulting from CPARs that is contradictory, unclear or could lead to a moderate or high risk assessment will result in the need for a clarification request. (See AFMCFARS AA and BB.)
22.214.171.124. On those occasions when a FOIA request is received for CPAR records, the unit FOIA office must refer the request to 88 CG/IMADF, 2275 D Street, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7220, for subsequent consideration by HQ AFMC/PKP and HQ AFMC/JAQ.
9. Form Prescribed. AFMC Form 38.
RICHARD H. ROELLIG, Major General, USAF
Director of Contracting
1. Instructions for Completing AFMC Form 38 (CPAR-Systems)
2. CPAR Focal Points
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOTH COMPLETING THE CPAR FORM AND ENTERING IT INTO THE
HQ AUTOMATED DATA BASE (DB)
A1.1. All information on the form will be typewritten; no handwritten CPARs will be accepted by the CPAR focal points for inclusion into CPAR libraries. Reduced or condensed print is not acceptable. All authorized additional pages must be annotated at the top with the contractor's name, contract number, period of covered by report, and page number.
A1.2. Block 1 - Name/Address of Contractor. State the name and address of the division or subsidiary of the contractor performing the contract. Identify the parent corporation (no address required). Identify the contractor's commercial and government entity code. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.3. Block 2 - Type Report. Indicate whether, according to section C, paragraph 5, the CPAR is an initial, intermediate, or final report. If this is an out-of-cycle report, check "intermediate." In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.4. Block 3 - Period Covered by Report. State the period of performance covered by the report (dates must be in MM/DD/YY format). In no instance should a period of evaluation include previously reported effort (i.e., CPARs are not cumulative or overlapping). CPAR assessments for "intermediate" reports should only cover a 12 month period of performance; therefore, the report should not reflect a period of performance greater than 12 months. Exceptions to this rule for special circumstances, such as a period of performance that ends 1 month before contract completion, must be approved by the CPAR focal point. The CPAR focal point has the authority to approve extensions when special circumstances arise. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.5. Block 4 - Contract Number. The contract number entered into the DB must include the dashes. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.6. Block 5 - Contracting Office. THIS BLOCK SHALL CONTAIN THE FULL OFFICE SYMBOL OF THE RESPONSIBLE FIELD ACTIVITY (E.G., ASC/AEK), INCLUDING THE SLASH. THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM READS ALL OF THE CHARACTERS PRIOR TO THE SLASH AND STORES THAT INFORMATION AS THE RESPONSIBLE FIELD ACTIVITY. ASC contracts for Eglin AFB, Fl shall include the word "Eglin" in this block. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.7. Block 6 - Location of Contract Performance. Self-explanatory.
A1.8. Block 7 - Contract Period of Performance. State current contract period of performance including any authorized extensions, such as options that have been exercised (dates must be in MM/DD/YY format). In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.9. Block 8 - Contract Percent Complete/Delivery Order Status. State the current percent of the contract that is complete. If CPRs or cost/schedule status reports (C/SSR) data are available, calculate percent complete by dividing cumulative budgeted cost of work performed (BCWP) by contract budget base (CBB) (less management reserve) and multiplying by 100. CBB is the sum or negotiated cost plus estimated cost of authorized undefinitized work. If not indicated elsewhere, include the cutoff date for the CPR or C/SSR used. If CPR or C/SSR data are not available, estimate percent complete by dividing the number of months elapsed by total number of months in contract period of performance and multiplying by 100. For ID contracts, divide the dollars obligated through the end of the reporting period by the dollar value listed in block 9 and multiply by 100. This number shall be stated as a % amount, not as a decimal. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.10. Block 9 - Current Contract Dollar Value (as of report date). State the current face value of contract. For incentive contracts, state the target price or total estimated amount. Do not use the abbreviations "B" for billions, "M" for millions and "K" for thousands. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed. A1.11. Block 10 - Basis of Award. Identify the basis of award by placing an "X" in the appropriate box. For "other," explain in Block 13 the nature of the effort (e.g. set-aside). In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.12. Block 11 - Contract Type. Identify the contract type. For mixed contract types, check the predominate contract type and identify the other contract type in the "mixed" block. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.13. Block 12 - Program Title and Phase of Acquisition. Provide a short descriptive narrative of the program. Spell out all abbreviations. Identify overall program phase and production lot (for example, concept development, engineering and manufacturing development, low-rate initial production, or full-rate production (Lot 1)). Identify milestone phases, if applicable. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed. A1.14. Block 13 - Contract Effort Description. Provide a complete description of the contract effort that identifies key technologies, components, subsystems, and requirements. This section is of critical importance to future PRAGs and source selection authorities. The description should be detailed enough to assist a future PRAG in determining the relevancy of this program to their source selection. Also, keep in mind that users of this information may not understand program jargon. It is important to address the complexity of the contract effort and the overall technical risk associated with accomplishing the effort. For intermediate CPARs, a brief description of key milestone events that occurred in the review period may be beneficial (e.g., critical design review (CDR), functional configuration audit (FCA)), as well as, major contract modifications during the period. For task/delivery order contracts, state the number of tasks issued during the period, tasks completed during the period, and tasks which remain active. For contracts which include multiple functional disciplines or activities, categories should be designated to: (1) reflect the full scope of the contract, (2) allow grouping similar work efforts within the categories to avoid unnecessary segregation of essentially similar specialties or activities, and (3) avoid combining essentially dissimilar work efforts within the categories. Each category or area should be separately numbered, titled and described within block 13 to facilitate cross-referencing with the evaluation of the contractor's performance within each category in blocks 14 and 15. If necessary, the description within this block may be extended to one additional typewritten page. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.15. Block 14 - Evaluation Areas. (SPECIAL NOTE: For Center CPAR Focal Points and those responsible for transcribing data into the HQ CPARS automated data base via Lotus Notes, see special instructions at the end of this attachment 1 under the section entitled "Supplemental Information". These special instructions provide guidance on required information for the HQ AFMC Performance Trends Book). Evaluate each area based on the following criteria:
A1.15.1. Each area assessment must be based on objective data that will be provided in block 16. Facts to support specific areas of evaluation must be requested from the contracting officer and other government specialists familiar with the contractor's performance on the contract under review. Such specialists may, for example, be from engineering, manufacturing, quality, logistics (including provisioning), contract administration services, maintenance, security, data, etc.
A1.15.2. The amount of risk inherent in the effort should be recognized as a significant factor and taken into account when assessing the contractor's performance. For example, if a contractor meets an extremely tight schedule, a blue (exceptional) may be appropriate, or meeting a tight schedule with few delinquencies, a green (satisfactory) with an upward arrow assessment may be given in recognition of the inherent schedule risk. When a contractor identifies significant technical risk and takes action to abate those risks, the effectiveness of these actions should be included in the narrative supporting the block 14 ratings.
A1.15.3. The CPAR is designed to assess prime contractor performance. However, in those evaluation areas where subcontractor actions have significantly influenced the prime contractor's performance in a negative or positive way, record the subcontractor actions in block 16.
A1.15.4. Many of the evaluation areas in block 14 represent groupings of diverse elements. The PM should consider each element and use the area rating to highlight significant issues. In addition, the evaluator should clearly focus on the contractors "results" in determining the overall area rating.
A1.15.5. Evaluate all areas which pertain to the contract under evaluation, unless they are not applicable--"N/A. "
A1.15.6. When performance has changed from one period to another such that a change in color results, the narrative in block 16 must address each change.
A1.15.7. Scoring will be according to the definitions described below in Figure A1.1, "Evaluation Colors."
Blue (Exceptional). Indicates performance clearly exceeds contractual requirements. The area of evaluation contains few minor problems for which corrective actions appear highly effective.
Green (Satisfactory). Indicates performance clearly meets contractual requirements. The area of evaluation contains some minor problems for which the corrective actions appear satisfactory.
Yellow (Marginal). Indicates performance meets contractual requirements. The area of evaluation contains a serious problem for which corrective actions have not yet been identified, appear only marginally effective, or have not been fully implemented.
Red (Unsatisfactory). Indicates the contractor is in danger of not being able to satisfy contractual requirements and recovery is not likely in a timely manner. The area of evaluation contains serious problems for which the corrective actions appear ineffective.
NOTE 1: Upward or downward arrows may be used to indicate an improving or worsening trend insufficient to change the assessment status.
NOTE 2: N/A means not applicable.
Figure A1.1. Evaluation Colors.
A1.16. Block 14a - Management Responsiveness. Evaluate the adequacy of the contractor's responsiveness to the program needs during the period covered by the report. Address issues such as: the timeliness, completeness and quality of problem identification, corrective action plans, and proposal submittals (especially responses to change orders or other undefinitized contractual actions). In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.17. Block 14b - Schedule Control. Evaluate the contractor's adherence to the contract or task order schedule by evaluating the contractor's efforts during the evaluation period that contribute to or effect that variance. Note that cumulative schedule variance is reflected in block 15. The associated narrative explanation in block 16 should address significance of scheduled events, discuss causes, and evaluate effectiveness of contractor corrective actions. Identify in block 16 the major milestones, deliverable items, or significant data items applicable to the evaluation period which contribute to the schedule assessment. For ID or task order contracts, quantify in block 16, to the extent possible, the percentage of tasks being completed on time, ahead of schedule or behind schedule. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.18. Block 14c - Cost Control. Evaluate current cost performance if the contract is greater than 10 percent complete (see block 8 to calculate percent complete). To the best extent possible, cost control should be evaluated regardless of contract type. Cumulative percent variance and government estimate at completion are reflected in block 15. Block 14c is the evaluation of the contractor's cost management efforts "during the evaluation period" that contribute to or effect those figures. The associated narrative in block 16 should explain the causes and contractor-proposed solutions. If CPR or C/SSR data are not available, evaluate contractor cost management. Is the contractor experiencing cost growth or underrun? Provide a short narrative explanation in block 16 of causes and the contractor's proposed solutions. If cost performance cannot be determined, mark this block N/A. For contracts where task or contract sizing is based upon contractor provided person-hour estimates, the relationship of these estimates to ultimate task cost should be assessed. In addition, the extent to which the contractor demonstrates a sense of cost responsibility, through the efficient use of resources in each work effort, should be evaluated. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.19. Block 14d - Technical Performance of Product. Evaluate the extent to which the contractor is meeting overall product or system performance in terms of the contract requirements, including but not limited to the statement of work, specifications, contract data requirement lists, and significant special contract clauses. Does the product perform as required? In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.20. Block 14e - Product Assurance. The primary areas of consideration focus on satisfying the requirements of the functional "ilities": producibility, reliability, maintainability, inspectability, testability, etc. The program manager must be flexible in how contractor success is measured. Examples of possible measures: data from design test/operational testing successes, field reliability and maintainability reports, user complaints and acceptance rates, improved subcontractor and vendor quality, and scrap and rework rates. These quantitative indicators may be useful later, for example, in source selection evaluations, in demonstrating continuous improvement, quality and reliability leadership that reflects progress in total quality management. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.20.1. Block 14e(1) - Quality System. Evaluate the overall quality of the deliverables (including reports) in terms of compliance with the requirements of the contract. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.20.2. Block 14e(2) - Manufacturing Management. Identify the contractors performance to control the overall manufacturing process to include material control, shop floor planning and control, statusing and control, factory floor optimization, factory design, and factory performance. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.21. Block 14f - Program/Data Management. Evaluate the extent to which the contractor: discharges its responsibility for integration and coordination for all activity needed to execute the contract as documented in the Integrated Master Plan/Schedule; identifies and applies resources required to maintain schedule; assigns responsibility for tasks/actions required by contract; communicates appropriate information to affected program elements in a timely manner. Assess the adequacy of the contractors mechanism for tracking contract compliance, recording changes to planning documentation and management of cost and schedule control system. Evaluate the contractors risk management practices, especially the ability to identify risks and formulate and implement risk mitigation plans. Finally, evaluate the contractors performance relative to management of data collection, recording, and distribution as required by the contract. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.22. Block 14g - Procurement/Subcontract Management. Identify the percentage of subcontracting effort and evaluate the prime contractor's effort devoted to managing subcontracts. Consider efforts taken to ensure early identification of subcontract problems and the timely application of corporate resources to preclude subcontract problems from impacting overall prime contractor performance. Identify contractors ability to provide timely subcontract awards based on best value. Consider contacting the contract administration office for information as to the contractors performance against the Subcontract Plan. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.23. Block 14h - Logistic Support/Sustainment. Evaluate the adequacy of the contractor's performance in accomplishing integrated logistics support (ILS) program tasks (the nine ILS element groupings of maintenance planning, manpower and personnel, supply support, support equipment, technical data, training and support, computer resources support, facilities (packaging, handling, storage, and transportation), and design interface), and the contractor's performance of logistics support analysis activities. When the contract requires technical/engineering data deliverables, the Cataloging and Standardization Center (CASC) comments should be solicited. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.24. Block 14i - Engineering. (Note: Engineering is comprised of many elements including systems engineering and software engineering. If system and/or software engineering performance is critical to successfully satisfying the requirement, they should be separately evaluated in block 14i(1) and 14i(2).) Use block 14.i. to evaluate the contractors overall engineering performance on activities planned for the period covered by report. The evaluation should cover these disciplines: design, manufacturing integration and support, configuration control, documentation, test and evaluation. The evaluation for this block should focus on efforts exclusive of blocks 14i(1) and (2). In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.24.1. Block 14i(1) - Systems Engineering. Evaluate the contractor's effort to define the system performance parameters and system configuration to satisfy: the requirements, the planning and control of technical program tasks, the quality and adequacy of the engineering support provided throughout all phases of contract execution, the integration of the engineering specialties, management of interfaces, and the management of a totally integrated effort of all engineering concerns to meet cost, technical performance, and schedule objectives. System engineering activities ensure that integration of these engineering concerns is addressed up-front and early in the design/development process. These activities include: producibility engineering, logistics support analysis, survivability, human factors and the "ilities"--reliability, quality, maintainability, availability, inspectability, etc. Although some of these activities will be specifically addressed in other categories above (such as product assurance, and test and evaluation), the focus of the evaluation of systems engineering is on the integration of these specific areas. The scoring of systems engineering needs to remain flexible to allow the evaluator to account for program unique technical concerns and to allow for the changing systems engineering environment as a program moves through the program phases (i.e., Dem/Val, EMD, Production). In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.24.2. Block 14i(2) - Software Engineering. Evaluate the extent to which the contractors performance is meeting the software development, modification, or maintenance contract requirements or a government-approved software development plan. Consider the amount and quality of software development resources devoted to support the contract effort. The Software Development Capability Evaluation may be used as a source of information to support this evaluation. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.25. Block 14j - Unique Technical Performance/Other Areas. Specify additional evaluation areas that are unique to the contract, or that cannot be captured elsewhere on the form. More than one type of entry may be included, but should be separately labeled. If extra space is needed, use block 16.
A1.25.1. If the contract contains an award fee provision, enter "award fee" in the "Other" block (14j). Use the columns, beginning with the "Past Color" column, to record the award fee percentages earned. Subsequent columns should be used if there was more than one award fee earned during the period covered by the CPAR (as reflected in block 3). For example, if two award fees were earned during the period covered by report and the contractor earned 80% on both, the block 14j entry under "Past Color" would read: "1--80%" and under "Red" the entry would read: "2--80%." In addition, the PM may translate the award fee earned to color ratings, which could prove more useful for using past performance to assess future performance risk in upcoming source selections. In this instance, the block 14j entry could read: "1--Green" or "1--80%--Green." If award fee information is included in the CPAR, use block 16 to provide a description for each award fee listed in block 14j. Include the scope of the award fee by describing the extent to which it covers the total range of contract performance activities, or is restricted to certain elements of the contract. Also include the dollars awarded at each award point in the block 16 narrative in the same format as that described for block 14j.
A1.25.2. If any other type of contract incentive is included in the contract (excluding contract shareline incentives on fixed price or cost-type contracts), it should be reported in a manner similar to the steps described above for award fee. Enter "Incentive" in block 14j.
A1.25.3. Use block 14j in those instances where the PM believes strongly, either positively or negatively, regarding an aspect of the contractor's performance, but cannot fit that aspect into any of the other blocks on the form. As an example, this block may be used to address security issues such as; compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operation Manual (NISPOM, formerly the DoD Industrial Security Manual), program protection planning, or system security engineering management requirements. An assessment of provisioning lines may also be addressed here.
A1.26. Block 15 - Variances (Contract to Date). If CPR or C/SSR data are available, identify: the current percent cost variance to date, the government's estimated completion cost variance (percent), and the cumulative schedule variance (percent). Indicate the cutoff date for the CPR or C/SSR used. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.26.1. Compute current cost variance percentage by dividing cumulative cost variance to date (column 11 of the CPR, column 6 of the C/SSR) by BCWP and multiplying by 100.
A1.26.2. Compute completion cost variance percentage by dividing CBB less the government's estimate at completion (EAC) by CBB and multiplying by 100. The calculation is [(CBB - EAC)/CBB] X 100. The CBB must be the current budget base against which the contractor is performing (including formally established over target baselines (OTB)). If an OTB has been established since the last CPAR, a brief description in block 16 of the nature and magnitude of the baseline adjustment must be provided. Subsequent CPARs must evaluate cost performance in terms of the revised baseline and reference the CPAR which described the baseline adjustment. For example, "The contract baseline was formally adjusted on (date); see CPAR for (period covered by report) for an explanation."
A1.26.3. Compute cumulative schedule variance percentage by dividing BCWP less budgeted cost of work scheduled (BCWS) by BCWS and multiplying by 100. The calculation is [(BCWP - BCWS)/BCWS] X 100. If the schedule variance exceeds 15 percent (positive or negative), briefly discuss in block 16 the significance of this variance for the contract effort.
A1.27. Block 16 - Program Director/Manager Narrative. A short, factual narrative statement is required for all assessments regardless of color rating (e.g., even "green" ratings require narrative support). Cross-reference the comments in block 16 to their corresponding evaluation area in block 14 or 15. Each narrative statement in support of the area assessment must contain objective data. An exceptional cost performance assessment could, for example, cite the current underrun dollar value and estimate at completion. A marginal engineering design/support assessment could, for example, be supported by information concerning personnel changes. Key engineers familiar with the effort may have been replaced by less experienced engineers. Sources of data include operational test and evaluation results; technical interchange meetings; production readiness reviews; earned contract incentives; or award fee evaluations. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.27.1. The final entry in this block will be a statement by the evaluator in the following form: "Given what I know today about the contractors ability to execute what he/she promised in his/her proposal, I (definitely would not, probably would not, might or might not, probably would or definitely would) award to him/her today given that I had a choice." Block 16 comments may be extended to two additional typewritten pages (also, see section C, paragraph 6.3.). All additional pages added to the report to continue block 16, 18, or 21 will contain the following at the top of each page: "SOURCE SELECTION INFORMATION - SEE FAR 3.104." Further, each additional page will be annotated on the top with the contractors name, contract number, period of performance, and page number.
A1.28. Block 17 - Program Director/Manager Signature. The program director/manager "signs and dates" the form prior to forwarding it to the contractor for review. (See section C, paragraph 6.5 for guidance on sending the CPAR to the contractor for review and comment.) This block may be extended pursuant to Section C, paragraph 6.3. Dates must be in the MM-DD-YY format. This block shall contain the full office symbol of the responsible field activity (e.g., ASC/AES), including the slash. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.29. Block 18 - Contractor Comments. Optional. This block may be extended pursuant to Section C, paragraph 126.96.36.199. Dates must be in the MM-DD-YY format.
A1.30. Block 19 - Contractor Representative Signature. Self-explanatory. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
A1.31. Block 20 - Reviewing Official Comments. The reviewing official must acknowledge consideration of any significant discrepancies between the PM assessment and the contractor's comments.
A1.32. Block 21 - Reviewing Official Signature. Self-explanatory. (See section C, paragraph 6.8. for guidance as to
who may act as the reviewing official. This block shall contain the full office symbol of the responsible activity (e.g., AFPEO/TS), including the slash. In order for the HQ automated data base to accept this CPAR form, this block must be completed.
Information to be used in the HQ AFMC CPARS Performance Trends Book is obtained from the CPARS focal points when they use the Lotus Notes to add to the CPARS automated data base. The following guidance is provided concerning the Lotus Notes instructions on providing this requested data:
Industry Code: Click on the "down arrow" icon to view the codes which you may using in answering this question.
Review the contents of blocks 12 and 13 and use your best professional judgment to select the appropriate industry code from the list below:
CS (Contractor Support)
DM (Depot Maintenance)
SE (Support Equipment)
WB (Wheels & Brakes)
Should you come across an industry code which is not listed for selection contact Roger Hanson, AFMC/PKPB, at
DSN 787-4657 to request its addition.
PEO Code: Click on the "down arrow" button to view the PEO titles to answer this question. Review the office symbol provided in Block 21. If it begins "AFPEO", then you must select a PEO Code and enter it in the provided blank. The
PEO Code selected should be identical to the characters which appear after the slash in the office symbol (e.g., the PEO Code associated with a reviewing official office symbol AFPEO/FB is FB). Should you come across any office symbol whose PEO code is not listed for selection, contact Roger Hanson, AFMC/PKPB, at DSN 787-4657 to request its addition. If the office symbol provided in Block 21 does not begin with "AFPEO", then leave the PEO Code field blank.
Supplemental Evaluation Reporting Data: The Lotus Notes system requires reason codes for ratings given under block 14, Evaluation Areas. At least one reason code (but no more than three) must be cited under each evaluation area if a color of either blue, yellow , or red has been assigned. No reason code should be given if the color code for an area is green or if no color codes for an area are applicable. The computer screen when using Lotus Notes shows various icons each representing a reason code for a particular evaluation area and color rating. For example, the reason code icons for blue ratings all have the letter "B" designation. ONLY USE THE "B" BOXES WHEN CITING REASON CODES FOR BLUE RATINGS. Similarly, the boxes for yellow and red have "Y" and "R" letter designations. Some judgment must be used when assigning reason codes. The evaluation narrative provided by the program manager in block 16 is the best source of data to use in determining the appropriate reason code.
CPAR FOCAL POINTS
4375 Chidlaw Road, Suite 6
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-5006
DSN 787-6057, Commercial (937) 257-6057
Attn: Contracts Policy
4170 Hebble Creek Road, Suite 1
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AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS CENTER
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DSN 785-5912, Ext. 206; Commercial (937) 255-5912, Ext. 206
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS CENTER
3 Kirtland Street
Hanscom AFB MA 01731-2309
DSN 478-5852, Commercial (617) 377-5852
HUMAN SYSTEMS CENTER
8005 9th Street
Brooks AFB TX 78235-5353
DSN 240-6346, Commercial (210) 536-6346
SPACE AND MISSILE SYSTEMS CENTER
155 Discoverer Boulevard, Suite 2506
Los Angeles AFB CA 90245-4692
DSN 833-3210, Commercial (310) 363-3210
OKLAHOMA CITY AIR LOGISTICS CENTER
3001 Staff Drive, Suite 2AJ79A
Tinker AFB OK 73145-30159
DSN 339-5804, Commercial (405) 739-5804
OGDEN AIR LOGISTICS CENTER
6038 Aspen Avenue
Hill AFB UT 84056-5805
DSN 777-5486, Commercial (801) 777-5486
SAN ANTONIO AIR LOGISTICS CENTER
485 Quentin Roosevelt Road, Suite 12
Kelly AFB TX 78241-6420
DSN 945-7761, ext 5403, Commercial (210) 925-7761, ext 5403
SACRAMENTO AIR LOGISTICS CENTER
5039 Dudley Blvd
McClellan AFB CA 95652-1027
DSN 633-0580, ext 534, Commercial (916) 643-0580, ext 534
WARNER ROBINS AIR LOGISTICS CENTER
235 Byron Street
Robins AFB GA 31098-1611
DSN 468-2575, Commercial (912) 926-2575
AIR FORCE DEVELOPMENT TEST CENTER
205 West "D" Avenue, Suite 433 (Bldg 373, Source Selection Facility)
Eglin AFB FL 32542-6864
DSN 872-3192, Commercial (904) 882-3192
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER
5 South Wolfe Avenue
Edwards AFB CA 93524-1185
DSN 527-3900, ext 2205, Commercial (805) 277-3900, ext 2205
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER
100 Kindel Drive, Suite A335
Arnold AFB TN 37389-1335
DSN 340-5408, Commercial (615) 454-5408
3651 Lowry Avenue SE, Room 222
Kirtland AFB NM 87117-5777
DSN 246-4695, Commercial (505) 846-4695
26 Electronics Parkway
Griffiss AFB NY 13441-4514
DSN 587-3530, Commercial (315) 330-3530
See ASC Focal Point